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May/17

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Stone Mushrooms of Akkurum

The tract of Akkurum (Ak-Korum) is located on the right bank of the Chulyshman River, about 15 km from its confluence with Lake Teletskoye, in the Ulagan district of the Altai Republic.

Akkurum, meaning “white rockslide”, is a very picturesque place which main attraction is the group of so-called “stone mushrooms” – stone pillars formed as a result of wind and water erosion and reaching a height of 7 meters. Akkurum on Google Maps. Photos by: Andrei Kireev.

beautiful nature monument

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Apr/17

13

North of Kamchatka – view from above

The peninsula of Kamchatka is a unique mountainous region in Russia. Ecologically pure wildlife attracts more and more tourists, despite the remoteness and inaccessibility of these places. You can get here only by air or by sea.

About one-third of the Kamchatka territory is occupied by specially protected natural sites (reserves, natural parks and monuments). Photos by: Slava Stepanov.

fly over Kamchatka

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Dombay is a mountainous territory located in the Republic of Karachay-Cherkessia in the North Caucasus, at a distance of about 65 km from Elbrus and the coast of the Black Sea.

The junction of the three main gorges: Alibek, Amanauz and Dombay-Ulgen – forms a natural center of the territory – the picturesque Dombay glade, lying at an altitude of 1,630-1,650 m above sea level. Dombay on Google Maps. Photos by: Andrei Kireev.

picturesque mountain landscapes

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Jan/17

7

Sunduki – the Siberian Stonehenge

Sunduki (meaning “chests”) is a mountain range, natural and historic monument located in Ordzhonikidze and Shirinsky districts of the Republic of Khakassia.

One of the most mysterious places in Khakassia, this mountain range got its name from the most northern mountain – “Sunduk” (“chest”), on top of which there is a rock in the form of a cube. Sunduki on Google Maps. Photos by: Sergey Filinin.

Sunduki, Khakassia Republic, Russia, photo 1

stone waves of Khakassia

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Dec/16

21

Flying over diverse Russia

Serguei Fomine, a photographer from Russia, began his project “Russia From Above” in 2003. The project is an artistic photo shoot of the most visually attractive natural, historical and architectural sites located on the territory of the country.

A lot of his photos are unique because these hard to reach places have never been photographed before. Let’s take a look at some of these photos.

Acid lake in the crater of Maliy Semyachik volcano on the Kamchatka Peninsula.

Russia from above, photo 1

fly over Russia

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Dec/16

18

Alpine Meadows of Lago-Naki Plateau

Lago-Naki is a famous plateau located at an altitude of about 2,000 meters in the Western Caucasus, in Maikop district of the Republic of Adygea.

It is a place of stunning natural beauty known for its flowering alpine meadows. Almost the entire territory of the plateau is included in the Caucasian Reserve. Photos by: Vladimir Mulder.

Alpine Meadows, Lago-Naki Plateau, Russia, photo 1

beautiful alpine scenery

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Nov/16

29

Golden Autumn in the Altai Mountains

The following beautiful autumn photos were taken in the area of Lake Akkem at the foot of the northern slope of Mount Belukha.

It is the highest peak of the Altai mountains (4,509 m) located in Ust-Koksinsky district of the Altai Republic. Lake Akkem on Google Maps. Photos by: Anton Petrus.

Golden autumn in the Altai Mountains, Russia, photo 1

magnificent colors of autumn

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Nov/16

2

Hiking in the Ergaki Nature Park

The Ergaki Nature Park is located in Ermakovsky and Karatuzsky districts in the south of Krasnoyarsk krai. It is a real natural “pearl” of the region.

This amazingly beautiful place is a mountain range with a variety of bizarre peaks, lakes and waterfalls.

Ergaki Nature Park, Krasnoyarsk Krai, Russia, photo 1

the beauty of Ergaki

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The mountain park “Ruskeala” is a unique man-caused and natural landscape and tourist attraction, tourist complex located in Sortavala district of the Republic of Karelia, near the village of Ruskeala, 30 km north of the city of Sortavala, on the banks of the Tohmajoki River.

The basis of the complex is a former marble quarry filled with groundwater – the object of cultural heritage, the monument of history. The length of the quarry from north to south is 460 meters, the width – up to 100 meters.

Ruskeala marble quarry, Karelia, Russia, photo 1

explore the flooded quarry

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Oct/16

9

Kenozersky National Park

Kenozersky National Park is a natural and historical-cultural complex located in the south-western part of the Arkhangelsk region, at the junction of the Plesetsk and Kargopol districts.

In 2004, the park received the status of a biosphere reserve and was included in the UNESCO list of biosphere reserves.

Kenozersky National Park, Russia, photo 1

preserved corner of ancient Russia

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